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Burger Time (Cassette)

Burger Time (c) 11/1982 Data East.

Help chef Peter Pepper race the maze to collect patties, cheese, lettuce and buns. Destroy the pursuing Mr. Hot Dog, Mr. Egg and Mr. Pickle for bonus points. Complete four burgers and you will feast on even more challenging mazes, build more burgers and score the bigesst Burgertime score ever!


DECO Cassette System hardware

Game ID : 26

Main CPU : M6502 (@ 750 Khz), M6502 (@ 500 Khz), I8X41 (@ 500 Khz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 240 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 57.00 Hz

Palette colors : 32

Players : 2

Control : stick

Buttons : 2


Burger Time was originally made for the Deco Cassette System ("Burger Time (DC)"), an early arcade format that pulled the game data from audio cassettes. The cassette system enjoyed a brief bit of popularity, until it was discovered that the cassettes quickly wore out, rendering the game useless. Bally Midway licensed this title soon after its original release (10/1982), and redesigned the hardware to drop the cassette altogether. This version of the game sold vast quantities when compared to the original. There was also a bootleg version of this game that bore the title "Cook Race".

A sequel called "Pizzatime" was planned around 1984 but was never released.

Ever wondered why one of the evil guys is an egg ? In Japan where the game was made, it is common to add a fried egg to your burger.


Stacking a burger ingredient : 50 points per ingredient

Crushing Hot Dog : 100 points

Crushing Pickle : 200 points

Crushing Egg : 300 points

Collecting Ice Cream : 500 points

Collecting Coffee : 1,000 points

Collecting Fries : 1,500 points

Dropping Ingredient with 1 enemy on top : 500 points

Dropping Ingredient with 2 enemies on top : 1,000 points

Dropping Ingredient with 3 enemies on top : 2,000 points

Dropping Ingredient with 4 enemies on top : 4,000 points

Dropping Ingredient with 5 enemies on top : 8,000 points

Dropping Ingredient with 6 enemies on top : 16,000 points

and so on...


* 'Mad Dash' : J.D. Lowe, the current world record holder adds some suggestions... Something that very few players use is something I call 'Mad Dash'. If you watch as the chef is drawn on the screen, he walks up/down ladders at approx. 8 steps a second. So, in theory, if you can press the up and down arrows faster than 8 times a second, you can go faster. This is very helpful on later levels like Level 20. This does not work on going left and right, because the steps are smaller, and the computer has to draw the chef facing you again if you let go of the controller. It's a bit complicated, but like I said earlier, it can be very helpful.

* Peppers Appearances : the peppers do not appear randomly on the screen; in fact, they appear after so many ingredients have fallen to the bottom of the screen...

Level 1 - Peppers appear after 4, 8, and 12 ingredients have dropped.

Level 2 - After 5, 7, and 13 ingredients.

Level 3 - 4, 8, and 13.

Level 4 - 6, 16, 22, 29.

Level 5 - 3, 6, 9.

Level 6 - 3, 7, 12, 14.

* Hint 1 : enemies can't turn around immediately, so you can follow them around temporarily.

* Hint 2 : the best tactic is generally to stand halfway across a piece of food, wait for enemies to appear on the food's edge, and then drop the food and enemies at once. Always lure the enemies onto the highest portion of the screen, and then drop them. This has several advantages : it clears more burger pieces, plus it means that units on lower levels may wander into the cascading pieces, killing them also.

* Hint 3 : leave LOTS of room around yourself when going up ladders - the sprites in Burger Time are somewhat bigger than the visible characters.

* Hint 4 : when enemies first appear, you have 1/4 sec to go through them, if you need to.

* IMPORTANT : if you die while the last piece of food is falling into place, the game will NOT deduct a man from your game!


1. Burger Time (1982)

2. Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory (1984, Cassette DECO)

3. Super Burger Time (1990)